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Bella ciao

Bella ciao

A Feature film by Stéphane Giusti

Produced by Elzévir Films

Release in France : 18/07/2001


    Orféo is a Communist, as is Nella. But, more than anything else, Orféo and Nella are madly in love with each other. They are forced, along with their two children Oreste and Bianca, to escape Fascist Italy. They dream of America but it’s the skyline of Marseilles, not Manhattan, that welcomes them to their new life. They start from zero, scraping together a living. Orféo is willing to get used to it, so long as Nella is happy… But happy she’s not: her newly-born child has recently died, she’s poor, she’s tired of providing a miserable life for her children, she no longer believes in a rosy future… And she has started seeing an old comrade, Achille, who was once her lover. Achille has taken the Fascists’ side and is now Orféo’s foreman. Orféo relentlessly challenges him. War breaks out, leaving bloody tracks and irreconcilable grief in its wake. Oreste is forced to become the head of the family, torn between his desire to integrate and the dream of a mythical Italy fostered in him by his father. Then Oreste meets Soledad, and it’s his turn to fall madly in love.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Elzévir Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    SND Groupe M6

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    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producers :

    Marie Masmonteil, Denis Carot

    Screenwriters :

    Stéphane Giusti, Raphaëlle Valbrune-Desplechin

    Sound Recordist :

    Ludovic Hénault

    Production Manager :

    Hervé Duhamel

    Editor :

    Catherine Schwartz

    Continuity supervisor :

    Cathy Tomasi

    Music Composer :

    Lazare Boghossian

    Sound mixers :

    Hervé Buirette, François Groult

    Post-production supervisor :

    Alice Guien

    Assistant directors :

    Didier Carteron, Carole Guenot

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Bouquin

    Assistant Operators :

    Marie Sorribas, Virginie Gourmel

    Press Attaché (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci

    Sound editor :

    Corinne Rozenberg

    Production Designer :

    Gérald Fauritte

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Rigault

    Still Photographer :

    Pascal Aimar

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    Feature film

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    History, Politics

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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    Festival Selections

    Cannes Film Market - 2001

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2001)